Facts and figures: McIlroy's bid for the claret jug


Rory McIlroy is 18 holes away from completing the third leg of the career Grand Slam. He leads by six shots through 54 holes of the 143rd Open Championship. Here are some facts and figures, regarding McIlroy and his quest, courtesy of the Golf Channel research department:

Seeking third major at age 25. Only players with 3-plus majors at 25 since the inaugural 1934 Masters are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods

Would be third youngest to reach third leg of career Grand Slam (Nicklaus 23, Woods 24)

Attempting to become the youngest Open champion since Woods (24 years, 6 months) in 2000

Largest lead entering the final round at an Open since 2000 (Woods, six shots)

Fourth career 54-hole lead in a major. All of which have been three-plus shots. Has won two of the three previous one (2011 Masters the exception)

The largest 54-hole lead lost in Open Championship history is five shots (Jean Van de Velde, 1999; Macdonald Smith, 1925)

• The only player to lose a 54-hole lead in major of six or more shots is Greg Norman at the 1996 Masters

Won first two majors by eight shots each. The only player in golf history to win three majors by seven shots or more is Woods ('97 Masters and '00 U.S. and British opens)